EnergySaver Homes in Charleston
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Our EnergySaver™ homes in Charleston offer peace of mind knowing your new home is helping to minimize your environmental footprint while saving energy, too! Reduced energy consumption actually makes your EnergySaver home less expensive to own. In fact, our homes are on average 40% more energy efficient than a home built in 2006!
Owning Green has Never Made More Sense
Your David Weekley EnergySaver home in Charleston allows you to live more comfortably, invest your housing dollars more wisely and it helps the environment – all of which can make your EnergySaver home easier to resell. It’s what we call a “win-win-win!”
Environments For Living Platinum Level Program
The Environments For Living® program provides a rigorous set of requirements for home builders who’ve made a commitment to go the extra mile. It’s a program that treats a home as a “system of systems” that work together, with limited guarantees on comfort and heating and cooling energy use. A home built under the Environments For Living program is an energy-efficient home constructed using the principles of building science — each home offers energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and durability benefits.
Environments For Living Guaranteed Energy Savings
When you close on your EnergySaver home in Charleston, you will receive a certificate that indicates the average yearly maximum energy usage for heating and air conditioning (only), guaranteed by Environments For Living. This will vary based on the size, number of windows, etc. per home.
Visit the “Behind Our Walls” Green Rooms
Discover our distinctive energy-saving features and attention to construction quality at the “Behind Our Walls” Green Rooms inside David Weekley model homes in Charleston. Inside these unique rooms, you’ll see the methods and materials we use to keep heating and cooling usage down and to maintain comfortable, energy-efficient living for you and your family.
From insulation and drywall to plumbing and lumber, you can literally see how we build our homes tight. Plus, you can view actual utility bills from David Weekley Homeowners and see what “Behind Our Walls” means to energy savings!
Combustion Gas Safety
We seal or power vent combustion appliances in the conditioned air space to help avoid buildup of harmful carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide: it’s odorless, colorless and deadly. Every David Weekley EnergySaver home in Charleston comes with carbon monoxide detectors
Our radiant barrier decking (under shingled roofs) keeps your attic cooler by deflecting heat from the sun. A cooler attic environment improves the operating efficiency of your air conditioning system. This helps lower your energy usage.
Environmentally-friendly Termite Pretreatment
Our pretreated framing lumber is friendlier to the environment and reduces the risk of termite damage to your home.
Tankless Water Heaters
With a standard water heater, you heat and reheat the same water even when you’re sleeping. A tankless water heater is a more efficient way to heat water. It heats water quickly and delivers an abundant supply of hot water – making sure you only pay for the hot water you need at that time. Tankless water heaters are up to 50% more energy efficient than a traditional natural gas water heater and up to 70% more efficient than an electric water heater.
Vented Cooking Spaces
Our kitchens are designed to remove moisture and fumes by venting cooking surfaces directly outside.
Home Energy Rating System (HERS)
The HERS® Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®) that measures the energy performance of a home, and it is used to compare the relative energy efficiency of different homes. The lower your home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is. A David Weekley EnergySaver home in Charleston averages a 60 on the HERS Index!
Advanced Framing is the intelligent use of lumber in wood framing. This method utilizes stacked framing, where components of the frame align on top of each other which efficiently transfers the load, or weight, down to the foundation, increasing the home’s strength. In addition, the use of durable, 2x6 exterior wall framing allows for almost 50% more insulation in the walls. Our Advanced Framing technique saves on lumber, supports better insulation and reduces the occurrence of drywall cracking – giving you a tighter, quieter, more energy-efficient home.
The more eyes, the better. We perform unbiased inspections on your wall insulation, thermal envelope and HVAC ductwork prior to drywall installation. As part of the inspection process, your home will receive an Environments For Living energy audit which utilizes a thermal bypass inspection, a duct blaster and a blower door test. The duct blaster test is performed on your HVAC’s ductwork before drywall is installed to verify duct leakage is equal to or less than 3%, one of the key components ensuring your home qualifies for the Environments For Living Energy-Efficient Certification. A blower door test is done after drywall installation to check the tightness of the home.